College of Nursing


Ph.D. in Nursing

Program Purpose

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Distance Program prepares graduates for research careers. After establishing a research trajectory in the PhD Program, graduates will be prepared to make lifelong contributions to theory, practice, policy, leadership, and education. The goal is preparation of researchers in a defined area of nursing inquiry.

Learning Outcomes

  • The Ph.D. in Nursing Expected Learning Outcomes have been adopted from AACN (2010) THE RESEARCH-FOCUSED DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN NURSING: PATHWAYS TO EXCELLENCE, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Accessed November 20, 2010.
  • Develop the Science

    Master in-depth knowledge in a substantive area

    Appreciate the history and philosophy of science

    Understand the evolving nature of the nursing discipline

    Critique and integrate different science perspectives in the conduct of research

    Generate new ideas based on a critical evaluation of existing knowledge

    Conduct original research

    Utilize professional and research ethics and judgment in the conduct of research

    Assume leadership in the conduct of culturally competent scholarship to improve nursing practice

    Communicate research findings to lay and professional audiences and identify implications for policy, nursing practice, and the profession

  • Steward the Discipline

    Integrate the components of scholarship: research, teaching, mentoring, and service to the profession

    Communicate scholarship including peer-refereed publications and presentations for professional interdisciplinary audiences

    Understand the evolving roles and responsibilities of a nurse scholar

    Lead in advancing the profession

  • Educate the Next Generation

    Conduct team science and participate and lead interdisciplinary research teams

    Provide professional and research mentorship to others

    Contribute to a global community of scholars

    Contribute to the formal and informal education of future nurses through discovery, application, and integration